The best web development books to read this summer!

As it’s already summer here in Europe, people tend to go on vacations and spent their holidays with their beloved ones. It’s also the time of the year, where you go offline and just spend hours catching up with your reading list.

So, we put our heads together and collected the best web development books you should read this summer!

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Best HTML & CSS books

In the following section, we’d collected the best HTML & CSS books to read.

Hardboiled web design

Author: Chris Mills
Publish date: October 2010

hardboiled web design by chris mills

Why read this book?

Because Hardboiled Web Design is different than most web design & development books. It’s for people who want to understand how, why and when to use HTML5 & CSS

Paperback: $2.99
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Designing with web standards

Author: Jeffrey Zeldman
Publish date: October 2009

designing with web standards

Why read this book?

Jeffrey Zeldman is an industry expert and web design evangelist. Jeffrey manages to make even the most complex information easy to grasp. This book is definitely a must-have for web developers!

Paperback: $9.77
Kindle: $26.85
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Transcending CSS: The fine art of web design

Author: Andy Clarke
Publish date: May 2007


Why read this book?

You’ll learn how to use new design workflows, build prototypes that work for everyone involved and it will show you how to use CSS3.

Paperback: $44.20
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Further great free books about HTML & CSS

Best JavaScript books

In the following section, you can find a list of great books for getting started with JavaScript.

Javascript: The Definitive Guide

Author: David Flanagan
Publish date: June 2011

javascript definitive guide

Why read this book?

The reason for reading this book is simple. It’s the industry standard in JavaScript and a must-have if you consider yourself a JavaScript developer. So go ahead and better start reading.

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JavaScript: A Pocket Key to JavaScript for beginners

Author: Mark Jobs
Publish date: June 2016

javascript for beginners book

Why read this book?

If you’re a beginner in JavaScript this book might be your big help. It provides some great real-life examples and guides you through the JavaScript basics you need to know.

Kindle price: $1.10

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JavaScript and JQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development

Author: Jon Duckett
Publish date: June 2014

javascript jquery book

Why read this book?

Because this book will guide you through the process of building better websites and web applications. And it has some beautiful images too.

Paperback: $27.27

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Web Design with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery Set

Author: Jon Duckett
Publish date: August 2014

webdesign jquery javascript html jon duckett

Why read this book?

If you’re planning to get JavaScript & jQuery by Jon Duckett (see book above), you might get this set of books, including “HTML & CSS: Designing and Building Websites“.

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A Smarter Way To Learn JavaScript

Author: Mark Myers
Publish date: March 2014

a smarter way to learn javascript book

Why read this book?

Javascript is already good to know 😉

Paperback: $17.96 I Kindle: $8.11

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Further free books about Javascript

Other great books

In this collection, you can find a collection of great Python books.

Modern PHP: New features and good practice

Author: Josh Lockhart
Publish date: February 2015

modern php

Why read this book?

PHP is developing so fast and you should stay up to date to build secure, fast and modern PHP architectures.

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Python – how to program

Author: Harvey M. Deitel
Publish date: February 2002

python how to program

Why read this book?

It’s one of the older books in this collection. Though it’s still a very good book about the basics of Python.

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